"Drinking and driving is not cool."
So proclaims Tracy Morgan. And at this point he should know.
The 30 Rock star and Saturday Night Live alum pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge Wednesday in New York.
Morgan entered his plea as part of a conditional discharge deal. If he meets the requirements of the court, which include a doctor-supervised alcohol program, community service and no arrests for the next six months, the case against him will be dismissed.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Ellen Coin also fined Morgan $1,000 and suspended his license for six months.
On his way to his (chauffeur-driven) car, Morgan told reporters how uncool his behavior was.
His lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, told the New York Daily News that he expected the community service to include school lectures about the evils of drunken driving.
Now Morgan, who appeared on SNL from 1996 to 2003 and currently stars as a whacked-out comic on NBC's 30 Rock, must stay out of trouble—something the funnyman's had a rough time doing in recent months.
Wednesday's plea stems from an early morning traffic stop on Nov. 28, 2006. Cops pulled over the 38-year-old comic over for erratic driving in uptown Manhattan. They administered a Breathalyzer test after smelling alcohol in the car and Morgan registered a 0.10. (The state legal limit is 0.08.)
Morgan was busted in Los Angeles on similar charges in December 2005, after cops pulled him over for speeding. That time he blew a 0.13, above California's 0.08 legal limit. He eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drunken driving and was sentenced to 36 months' probation, fined $390 and ordered to take alcohol-education classes.